The opening ceremony of new Elmer Gray Stadium will be held on April 10th just before the first ever track meet to be held at the stadium.
The ceremony will consist of a ribbon cutting, following a chapel service with the administration, alumni association, donors, and the track and soccer teams on the field.
“Everyone is welcome,” said Athletic Director Lee DeLeon. “We would love for all student athletes to come and be a part of it. It’s going to be a really neat celebration.”
After months of construction the stadium will finally be open and ready to host the Wes Kittley Invitational.
However, the new facility is not quite completely finished. There are still some new changes to be made, but the meet will still go on and work around the construction.
“There are a couple of things that are still in the works and will not be ready,” said DeLeon. “Underneath the bleachers on the back side facing campus court we put up a wall to go in front of that all the way across. The wall will not be ready on the 10th.”
Though the construction for the new stadium is still underway and in the works, the team has already been working around the progress as well as training on the new track.
“Throughout the craziness of the destruction, the Old Elmer Gray track and throwing field for the upcoming meet is great,” said assistant track coach Michael Rasor. “It will serve as a warm-up track for competitors and actually we’ll be using the throwing fields for some events.”
Teams that will be competing in the meet will be Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University, South Plains College, and Western Texas College.
“We’re excited to welcome in Texas Tech University (last year’s Big XII Champs) and TCU, two outstanding track programs for our first ever meet,” said Rasor. “This meet will be an excellent opening to the New Elmer Gray Stadium with great teams competing, many famous track alumni attending, and an overall great weekend.”